Inconsistent Blues are humbled at Barton

PUBLISHED: 11:01 05 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:24 06 May 2010

Arlesey Town round-up THE Blues were battered 3-0 at local rivals Barton Rovers on Monday afternoon. The match at Hitchin Road earlier in the season saw the sides share four goals but there was only going to be one winner on this occasion. Play went from

Arlesey Town round-up

THE Blues were battered 3-0 at local rivals Barton Rovers on Monday afternoon.

The match at Hitchin Road earlier in the season saw the sides share four goals but there was only going to be one winner on this occasion.

Play went from end to end at the start as Ozie Foster had former Blues keeper Steve Graham scrambling for his shot and Nick Bussey beat an effort away as Barton broke quickly.

Luke Gregson's header from a Stuart Beevor free-kick then had Graham arching across his goal to push the ball over for a corner.

Arlesey were beginning to dominate proceedings when they fell behind on 32 minutes. A well-worked move gave Alex O'Brien a clear shot at goal and he gave Bussey no chance.

This heralded a period of play when the hosts could have easily added to the score.

Arlesey induced a goalmouth scramble in the Barton area but Foster shot over the bar.

After the break, a move involving Beevor, Foster and James Taylor saw Ivan Finch rifle a shot just over.

But the match slipped further away from the Blues when slack defending allowed Barnes to cut in from the right and slam the ball past Bussey on 59 minutes.

Barnes and Guile went close to a third before more lacklustre defending saw Barton finally score again.

Barnes was left with a simple tap in with the defence all over the place on 81 minutes.

Straight from the kick off, Barton gained a succession of corners, one headed off the line by Jimmy Dillnutt.

Blues: Bussey, Dillnutt, Bloss, Finch, Russell, Cox, Beevor (Fehmi), Gregson, Hay (Deane), Foster, Taylor.

Arlesey were beaten 4-2 by new leaders Enfield Town in a Hitchin Road humdinger on New Year's Eve.

The match was played at a blistering pace with an 'equaliser' for the unlucky Foster controversially ruled out.

A frantic pace was kept from the start with opportunities at each end.

Enfield found the net on 16 minutes but the offside flag was up before the ball had crossed the line.

Enfield maintained their pressure and Trevor Paul's free-kick had Bussey at full stretch to push the ball over the bar.

Play continued to ebb and flow and Bussey was again at his best when a Gant header was flipped over from just under the bar.

Bussey then dived to his left to palm a shot wide from Hammatt as Arlesey came under increasing pressure.

Arlesey took a surprise lead a couple of minutes before the break as Dean Harding's cross was met by Foster at the far post and the defenders could only help the ball into the net.

Paul's deflected shot curled just wide of an Arlesey upright as the half finished.

The visitors equalised on the restart as Lee Smith, who had come on for Paul, slipped the ball in from close range.

Enfield went ahead on the hour mark from the penalty spot as the hosts were penalised for handball. Rudi Hall stroked the spot-kick home to the delight of the strong travelling support.

Arlesey soon responded as great interplay between Gregson and Foster carved an opening for the latter to slide the ball past keeper Hall on 64 minutes.

Slack defending by Arlesey then allowed Smith to grab his second on 72 minutes with a looping header over Bussey.

The decisive moment of the entire afternoon saw Foster head the ball home from Harding's cross.

But the referee, having signalled a goal, changed his mind after consulting with his assistant and as a result of the protests, Foster, instead of celebrating his hat-trick, received his second yellow card and marching orders.

The reason for the goal being disallowed was believed to be handball, a claim refuted by Foster.

The ref then spent some time pacifying the Arlesey bench that culminated in both Mike Brooks and Jon Taylor moving from the dugout.

The decision knocked the stuffing out of Arlesey and with the game entering added time, Velandia rounded off another good move for Enfield with a well-taken goal.

Blues: Bussey, Taylor (Dillnutt), Fehmi, Nicholl (Finch), Hatchett, Cox, Beevor, Gregson, Hay, Foster, Harding.

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